16 Sept 65 : Short and sweet : San Diego, California

This continues the letter dated 14 Sept 1965, which began:

Dear family, 

Thursday 16th September

I have decided that San Diego (and its suburbs) is by far the best place in the States.

It has everything – a beautiful clean, modern city, close by many wonderful beaches, with excellent surf, palm trees everywhere, excellent climate (no winter) and very nice people.

 

p58 san diego bay this view of shelter island
Tony’s postcard, captioned: SAN DIEGO BAY, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA This view of Shelter Island, San Diego Bay, and the San Diego Skyline from Point Lama is truly a breathtaking experience.
p59 union station, san diego, california
Tony’s postcard, captioned: P59 UNION STATION, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA San Diego is fortunate in having its modern railway station in the heart of the city’s business district.

 

It is quite a surprise really as San Diego is also a big naval base, but there is very little evidence of this. All in all, it’s a very nice place.

Yesterday all the kids here went back to school so I suppose Nigel must be getting ready to go to college. I hope so anyway. I’m sure he won’t regret it. I often think of Carol and wonder how she is making out as a housewife.

I expect she has got used to the big change in her life and is settling down to it. She certainly sounds as though she is going to put her green fingers to work in the garden.

To be continued… 

Note from Tony: Carolyn married Chris, a dentist, at the tail end of the era when wives were expected to be ‘housewives’ and not have a job.

It must have been very boring for Carolyn, having given up a very busy and responsible career in nursing.

But the calm in Tony’s family would soon be shattered by some very unexpected news. 

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